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Experimental study on the mechanical behaviour of a heat exchanger pile using physical modelling

Neda Yavari
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Anh Minh A.M. Tang
Jean-Michel Pereira

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This study aims to provide knowledge on the thermo-mechanical behaviour of heat exchanger piles, through a laboratory scale model. The model pile (20 mm in external diameter) was embedded in dry sand. The behaviour of the axially loaded pile under thermal cycles was investigated. After applying the axial load on the pile head, the pile's temperature was varied between 5 °C and 30 °C. Seven tests, corresponding to various axial loads ranging from 0 to 70 % of the pile estimated bearing capacity, were performed. The results on pile head displacement show that heating under low axial load induced heave and cooling induced settlement; the pile temperature-displacement curve was found to be reversible and compatible with the thermal expansion curve of the pile. However, at higher axial loads, irreversible settlement of the pile head was observed after a few thermal cycles. The axial load profile measured by the strain gauges evidenced that the pile head load was mainly transferred to the pile toe. Nevertheless, thermal cycles modified significantly the mobilised skin friction along the pile. The total pressure measured at various locations in the soil mass was also slightly influenced by the thermal cycles.
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hal-01005344 , version 1 (12-06-2014)

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Neda Yavari, Anh Minh A.M. Tang, Jean-Michel Pereira, Ghazi Hassen. Experimental study on the mechanical behaviour of a heat exchanger pile using physical modelling. Acta Geotechnica, 2014, 9 (3), pp.385-398. ⟨10.1007/s11440-014-0310-7⟩. ⟨hal-01005344⟩
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